15-17 Nov: What’s coming up in the BBL this weekend?

For nine of the 12 BBL teams, it’s the final weekend of their BBL Cup campaign and there’s still one qualifying spot to be claimed.

We take a quick look at what you can expect this weekend!


Friday 15 November 2019
BBL Cup, South Group: Bristol Flyers v London City Royals (7:30pm)
BBL Cup, South Group: Worcester Wolves v Surrey Scorchers (7:30pm)
BBL Cup, North Group: Newcastle Eagles v Manchester Giants (7:30pm)
BBL Cup, North Group: Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks v B. Braun Sheffield Sharks (7:30pm)

Saturday 16 November 2019
BBL Cup, South Group: London City Royals v Plymouth Raiders (7:30pm)

Sunday 17 November 2019
BBL Cup, South Group: Surrey Scorchers v Plymouth Raiders (2:00pm)
BBL Cup, North Group: Cheshire Phoenix v Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks (5:30pm)


Date: Friday 15 November 2019
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: SGS Wise Arena
Competition: BBL Cup, South Group

The pressure is on for Bristol Flyers; one more loss for them and they won’t be able to secure a home tie in the BBL Cup Quarter Finals. They’ll be hoping to keep their chances of a home tie alive when they meet London City Royals on Friday.

Last time they met: Royals 84-57 Flyers (28 September 2019)
Last four meetings: Flyers 0-4 Royals
*London City Royals only joined the BBL last year and therefore the two teams have only met four times so far.

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Date: Friday 15 November 2019
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: University of Worcester Arena
Competition: BBL Cup, South Group

With three games still to play for Surrey Scorchers, there’s still an opportunity for them to clinch that all important remaining qualifying spot. Each result will be as important as the next so they’ll be hoping to commence the closing chapter of their BBL Cup campaign with an away win against the already qualified Worcester Wolves on Friday.

Last time they met: Scorchers 77-83 Wolves (28 September 2019)
Last five meetings: Wolves 4-1 Scorchers

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Date: Friday 15 November 2019
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Eagles Community Arena
Competition: BBL Cup, North Group

With their qualification now secured for the BBL Cup Quarter Finals, Newcastle Eagles will still be hoping to edge Cheshire Phoenix for third spot when they meet Manchester Giants on Friday. A win on Friday will secure them 3rd place. Lose, and they will have to hope Cheshire lose on Sunday in order to still finish 3rd.

Last time they met: Giants 66-94 Eagles (10 November 2019)
Last five meetings: Eagles 3-2 Giants

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Date: Friday 15 November 2019
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Emirates Arena
Competition: BBL Cup, North Group

With their qualification and a Quarter Final home tie already secured, you’d think B. Braun Sheffield Sharks would be feeling content. However, they aren’t finished yet, they want to finish their BBL Cup campaign top of the table and they will get one last chance on Friday when they meet Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks. Win and they will come 1st in the Cup North Group standings. Lose, and they finish 2nd.

Last time they met: Sharks 84-68 Rocks (11 October 2019)
Last five meetings: Rocks 0-5 Sharks

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Only one qualifying spot for the BBL Cup Quarter Finals remains. Who do you think will snatch it? Let us know with #BritishBasketball


Date: Saturday 16 November 2019
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Crystal Palace National Sports Centre
Competition: BBL Cup, South Group

London City Royals are just one win away from confirming themselves as top of the Cup South Group standings. Should they not win on Friday, they’ll have one final chance to secure first place on Saturday when they meet Plymouth Raiders.

Last time they met: Raiders 87-89 Royals (22 September 2019)
Last four meetings: Royals 2-2 Raiders
*London City Royals only joined the BBL last year and therefore the two teams have only met four times so far.

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Date: Sunday 17 November 2019
Time: 2:00pm
Venue: Surrey Sports Park
Competition: BBL Cup, South Group

With a three way tie between London Lions, Surrey Scorchers and Plymouth Raiders still possible, this clash between Plymouth Raiders and Surrey Scorchers could prove crucial to that scenario so both teams will be desperate to take the win this Sunday.

Last time they met: Raiders 96-91 Scorchers (6 October 2019)
Last five meetings: Scorchers 1-4 Raiders

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Date: Sunday 17 November 2019
Time: 5:30pm
Venue: Cheshire Oaks Arena
Competition: BBL Cup, South Group

Should Newcastle Eagles lose on Friday, Cheshire Phoenix will have one final chance to clinch 3rd place if they defeat Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks on Sunday. But given their previous meeting only saw a two point difference, it’s not going to be a walk in the park.

Last time they met: Rocks 72-74 Phoenix (25 October 2019)
Last five meetings: Phoenix 2-3 Rocks

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All-Star 5 – Week 8

A number of teams have secured their BBL Cup Quarter Final berth over the last weekend, with all of this week’s All-Star 5 set to feature in the knockout rounds. The team includes two debutants from BBL powerhouse clubs alongside three returnees who are back after a month or so away.

John Mitchell – Newcastle Eagles
Newcastle’s big man dominated Manchester Giants on Sunday to secure his first appearance, hitting 26 points in just 24 minutes on 11-14 (78%) shooting from the field, while grabbing 11 rebounds to complete an impressive double-double.

Matt Scott – London City Royals
Royals’ do-it-all guard saw them through to victory over Surrey Scorchers with 22 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a block. He shot 9-11 (81%) from two-point range and was fast out of the blocks as 13 of his points came in the first quarter, with Royals leading from tip to buzzer.

Nick Lewis – B. Braun Sheffield Sharks
The only Brit in this week’s team, Nick Lewis fired Sheffield to the top of the North Group as they beat Leicester Riders in a crunch tie to leapfrog them. Lewis had a weekend high 29 points, including 5-8 (62%) three-pointers, along with five rebounds, four steals and two assists.

Kyron Cartwright – Leicester Riders
After making a number of appearances from the bench, Leicester’s point guard has cracked the starting five as he led the charge in Friday’s demolition of Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks. He shot 8-10 (80%) from the field on his way to 17 points, also handing out eight assists in just 24 minutes of play.

Cortez Edwards – Worcester Wolves
Cortez Edwards joins Brandon Peel as the only two players to have made three appearances so far this season, and Edwards has done so after beating Peel’s London Lions on Friday night in the capital. In an all-round showing he had 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block, including drawing enough attention to provide the key assist for an open Mark Hughes to make the game-winner.

Off the bench: Dii’Jon Allen-Jordan (London Lions), Sade Aded-Hussein (Newcastle Eagles), Jamell Anderson (Leicester Riders), Connor Cashaw (B. Braun Sheffield Sharks), Jordan Williams (Worcester Wolves), James Hawthorne (Surrey Scorchers), Callum Jones (Manchester Giants).

High flying Giants

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Sharks move top, Eagles move level with Phoenix

BBL Cup North (All Games)

B. Braun Sheffield Sharks 79-63 Leicester Riders (20-15, 41-29, 64-39)
(Sharks – Lewis 29, Cashaw 20, Ndiaye 9; Riders – Scott 20, Anderson 13, Cartwright 10)

Manchester Giants 66-94 Newcastle Eagles (9-28, 28-49, 51-74)
(Giants – Jones 15, Dickerson 12, Argues 12; Eagles – Mitchell 26, Defoe 19, Aded-Hussein 17)

B. Braun Sheffield Sharks moved to the top of their group Sunday whilst Newcastle Eagles moved level with Cheshire Phoenix in theirs.

The Sharks overcame Leicester Riders 79-63 thanks to Nick Lewis dropping 29 points assisted by an additional 20 points from Connor Cashaw and a whopping 17 rebounds from Bennett Koch.

The win now puts Sheffield Sharks top of the Cup North Group standings and if they win their final game of the Group stages next Friday against Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks, they will finish top of the table. If they lose they will finish second.

Elsewhere in the North Group, Newcastle Eagles managed to pick up an away victory over Manchester Giants, 66-94.

John Mitchel led his team, picking up a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds, and he was aided by his teammate Rahmon Fletcher who provided a key 16 assists.

The Toon side now move level with Cheshire Phoenix in the Cup North Group standings. If they win their remaining game on Friday, against Manchester Giants again, they will end the Group stages in third place. If they lose, they will have to hope that Cheshire Phoenix lose their final game next Sunday in order to still finish third.

Royals take win at home against Scorchers

BBL Cup South

London City Royals 92 – 84 Surrey Scorchers (25-12, 48-32, 78-59)

(Royals – Scott 22, Neighbour 18, D.Lavrinovic 14; Scorchers – Ogedengbe 24, Richards 19, Hawthorne 13)

The London City Royals bounced back from their first loss last week, defeating Surrey Scorchers 92-84.

Matt Scott led the Royals again, tallying 22 points accompanied by eight rebounds and two assists. Will Neighbour also assisted with 18 points and shooting 60% from the three point line.

The Scorchers started off slow this evening making it look like a dominant game for the Royals, but with the help of Ryan Richards, they managed to prevent the Royals from a more dominant victory.

Tayo Ogedengbe led the scoring for Surrey, chalking up 24 points whilst Richards followed up with 19 points.

The fourth quarter saw the Scorchers mount a comeback, getting as close as four points to the Royals but they couldn’t see it through to the end.

Top four Cup North qualifiers confirmed, Wolves move to 2nd

BBL Cup (All Games)

London Lions 85-90 Worcester Wolves (27-23, 46-54, 65-78)
(Lions – Allen-Jordan 31, Robinson 14, Peel 9; Wolves – Josephs 22, Williams 17, Hughes 16)

Leicester Riders 93-58 Glasgow Rocks (24-18, 53-33, 79-48)
(Riders – Anderson 20, Cartwright 17, Nelson-Henry 12; Rocks – Fraser 16, Djo Ebala 14, Rinkunas 7)

The top four qualifying teams in the Cup North Group were confirmed Friday night, and in the South Group, Worcester Wolves moved into second place.

Leicester Riders were able to pick up their fourth consecutive win as they overcame Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks, 93-58, with Riders essentially sealing the game at half-time with a 20-point lead.

Jamell Anderson led his team to victory, picking up 20 points, and he was assisted by Kyron Cartwright who followed up with a key 17 points and eight assists.

The loss for Glasgow means they can no longer qualify for the BBL Cup Quarter Finals, and also finalises the top four qualifying teams of the BBL Cup North Group. With Leicester and Sheffield already confirmed, Friday’s result means both Cheshire and Newcastle will join them in the Cup Quarter Finals.

Meanwhile down in London, the 2018-19 BBL Cup champions London Lions fell short to the visiting Worcester Wolves, 85-90, in another thrilling clash.

Even with a game high of 31 points from Dii’Jon Allen-Jordan, London couldn’t complete a final Quarter comeback, despite bringing the game to just a one point difference in the closing two minutes of the game.

With under a minute remaining Mark Hughes sinked a three pointer, and then an additional free throw with 30 seconds remaining to stretch the Wolves lead, enough to hold onto victory and see them take second place in the Cup South.